Active cases top 200 for first time in 9 months

Monday, August 16, 2021

1-in-3 test positive in Barry County in last week

Barry County’s positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have climbed above 200 for the first time since November 2020.

According to the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 3,943 (+245 from July 28) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

As of Aug. 11, a total of 218 (+100) people were considered active cases in isolation, and at least 8 are hospitalized (even).

There are more than 300 close contacts (+150) quarantined in their homes.

Two new deaths were reported in the last two weeks. The total number of deaths in the county is 64, and all those who have died were at least 41 years old.

Of the deaths, 25 (+1) have been residents of congregate care facilities, and 39 (+1) lived independently in their homes. A total of 59 (+2) suffered from underlying health conditions. Gender-wise, 41 (+1) males and 23 (+1) females have died.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County is 1.6 percent, and the survival rate is 98.4 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of the population, for the county is 0.18 percent.

A total of 3,661 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 133 since July 28.

A total of 33,736 tests have been done in Barry County, equating to 94 percent of the county’s population, though some people may have been tested multiple times. The 3,943 positives account for 10.9 percent of the county’s population, and there is an overall positive test rate of 11.69 percent (-.03). The weekly positive test rate is 36.4 percent (+14.66).

Vaccinations initiated in the county, which include people who have received at least the first dose, number 13,779, a gain of 954 in the last two weeks and accounting for 38.5 percent of the county’s total population. About 20 percent of the county is comprised of children 16 and under who were originally not eligible to receive a vaccine, about 7,177 individuals. If those people are not counted, about 47.9 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated.

Pfizer has also now been approved to vaccinate children 12-and-up, which may add to the overall percentage, as ages of those vaccinated are not broken down. The figure of those eligible for vaccinations is based on an estimation from U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Lawrence County Health Department said as of Aug. 10, it had 60 new cases since Aug. 6 and 4,654 (+448 since July 21) total confirmed cases. A total of 117 (+8 since July 21) people have died in Lawrence County.

A new reporting system from the health department no longer includes the number of active cases or number of recovered cases.

Lawrence County has 32 percent of is population aves 12-and-up vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 11, Missouri has had 593,015 confirmed cases and 9,982 deaths, a death rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate). Nationally, there have been 36,168,629 positives and 618,811 deaths, a rate of 1.7 percent (98.3 percent survival rate) and accounting for 0.19 percent of the nation’s population, or 1.9 of every 1,000 people. State and national recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.15 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.

Statewide, 3,042,159 people have initiated vaccinations, accounting for 49.6 percent of the total population and 60.5 percent of the population 18-and-over.

The CDC Wonder Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System shows 92 (+7 in last two weeks) events reported where death was a result, possibly in relation to a vaccine. A report is not conclusive evidence the vaccine was the cause of death.

The number of death reports in the state accounts for 0.0030 percent of the total number of people vaccinated, or 1 in every 33,068 people.

The age ranges of Barry County cases are: People under 25 account for 847 cases (+64 in last two weeks), those 25-40 account for 879 cases (+64), those 41-60 account for 1,174 cases (+50) and those 61-and-over account for 1,043 cases (+57).

Gender-wise, cases among females went from 2,043 to 2,157, while male cases rose from 1,665 to 1,786.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 3,925 attributable cases, and the other 18 (even) are attributed to travel.

No congregate care facilities have had new cases in the last 25 weeks, and there are no area businesses with more than 10 known active cases.

As of Aug. 11, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 4,654; Stone, 2,874; McDonald, 2,428; Newton, 5,543; Benton (Ark.), 34,453; and Carroll (Ark.), 3,470.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from June, shows the county climbed slightly, from 4.2 in May to 4.7 percent, which is 0.8 percent higher than the previous 3.9 percent low in October 2020. In February 2020, it was 4.3 percent, and it peaked in May 2020 at 10 percent.

COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, call a medical provider and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation rules expired March 31, meaning there is no longer a requirement for source control masking of service providers. Physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices are still recommended per CDC guidelines.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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